Ministry Changes to School Closures

On March 26, 2015 the Ministry of Education released a revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community Planning & Partnerships Guideline (CPPG). School boards are expected to amend their existing Pupil Accommodation Review and Facility Partnerships policies to reflect the changes incorporated into the new PARG and CPPG before announcing any new Pupil Accommodation Reviews. The Ministry of Education expects school boards to consult with local communities prior to adopting or subsequently amending these policies. The new PARG and CPPG are effective upon release and replace previous version.

This impacts the proposed HDSB Program & Accommodation Review (PAR) of Burlington High Schools. There is a shift in emphasis toward student achievement and away from considering the impact of closing a school on the well-being of a community and it’s local economy.  Continue reading

You’ll Want to Find the Time to Read…

VOX: 5 moving, beautiful essays about death and dying

Grade 1 Core French Roll-out 2015/16

Starting Sep 2015, fifteen additional schools will be teaching HDSB’s new Grade 1 core French program. Here’s the list & rationale: HDSB #15044 Primary Core French Schools – 2015:2016 (S.Miller)

Experimental Treatment for Extreme Anorexia

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Offers Hope for Patients with Severe Anorexia

W5 interviews Toronto neurosurgeon Dr. Andres Lozano about a ground-breaking experimental treatment which may give patients suffering from extreme forms of anorexia nervosa their last chance to live. Continue reading

Autism & Neurosteroid Levels at Birth?

Newborn foals may offer clues to autism

UC Davis researchers in veterinary & human medicine have joined together & secured funding to investigate potential links between autism & foal neonatal maladjustment syndrome, especially the level of neurosteroids during birth

Capital Public Radio: Listen to Dr. John Madigan & Dr. Monica Aleman discuss equine maladjustment and how it may relate to autism

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Revised Sex Ed Curriculum Long Overdue

Congrats to Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Ed Liz Sandals and Liberal MPPs for demonstrating the courage Premier Dalton McGuinty lacked in 2010. Ontario’s physical & health curriculum has not been revised since 1998. There have been many changes in children’s lives over those 17 years, such as the introduction of Facebook, iPhones, Tinder, and Instagram, as well as the HPV vaccine. The new Physical Education and Health curriculum for Grades 1 to 12 is long overdue. Indeed, I brought a motion to the Jun18th Board meeting that passed unanimously urging the Ministry of Education to replace the outdated curriculum: HDSB #14107 Health and Physical Education Curriculum (J. Hlusko)

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Mount Nemo Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study Questionnaire

Received from Leah Smith at the City of Burlington: Here is the Mount Nemo Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study Questionnaire provided at the Feb 17th public meeting. The questionnaire is a PDF form that can be edited and saved. Completed questionnaires can be returned in the following ways:

  • In person: Planning Department Counter, Burlington City Hall
  • Via mail: Shannon Baker, MMM Group Limited, 2655 North Sheridan Way, Suite 300, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5K 2P8
  • Via email: <>

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